It’s a busy week at the State Capitol. On Friday, Minnesota’s $1.6 billion budget surplus was announced. Today, instead of a real solution to out of control health care costs the Minnesota Senate passed reinsurance, a bridge-to-nowhere bill and blank check to health insurance companies. Contact your legislators now and tell them to support a MinnesotaCare Public Option instead. Here’s what’s coming up at the Legislature:
- Earned Sick and Safe Time (HF7) gets its third committee hearing on Tuesday at 8:30.
- On Tuesday Evening, the House State Government committee will hear HF 1200, the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill.
Lower Rx Drug Costs
- On Tuesday at 3:00, the House Health committee will hear the bill expand the Attorney General’s authority to stop price-gouging of generic prescription drugs (HF 1183).
- On Friday at 8:30, the House Judiciary committee will hear the bill to establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board (HF801). This is one of TakeAction’s top priorities because prescription drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them. Share your story and join the fight today.
- On Tuesday at 10:30, the House Climate and Energy committee will hear four renewable energy bills, including solar for schools and state parks.
- On Wednesday at 3:00 PM the House Labor, Industry, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee will hear a bill (HF 41) that would provide emergency paid sick leave to essential workers unable to work or telecommute due to a COVID-19 related reason.
Democracy & Justice
- A bill to finance the work to end systemic racism (HF784) will be heard in State Government at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. The bill appropriates nearly $500 million in investments to address racial injustice. Highlights include:
- $20 million to create and staff regional human rights offices throughout Minnesota;
- $70 million to develop and sustain African American cultural and arts organizations;
- $50 million to strengthen entrepreneurial and business training and technical support;
- $80 million to increase affordable housing and homeownership;
- $30 million to establish five African American-run family and community service centers to be named for Philando Castile;
- $50 million for culturally competent health services;
- $40 million to forgive school breakfast and lunch debt;
- $20 million for guidance counseling and tutorial services using retired African American teachers and administrators;
- $20 million for STEM training and technology access;
- $10 million for urban agriculture initiatives;
- $15 million for crime and violence prevention measures; and
- $50 million for recidivism reduction services.
Text ACTION to 79606 to get involved.